Omnicell and Avantec Launch Europe’s Largest Deployment of Automated Medical Supply Systems

The Foundation Trusts of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital within UK’s National Health Service select OmniSupplier® cabinet systems

October 22, 2008

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

Omnicell, Inc., (NASDAQ:OMCL) a leading provider of system solutions to acute healthcare facilities, and Avantec, Omnicell's UK distributor, today announced that three of London’s largest hospitals within United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) have announced their joint selection of OmniSupplier® cabinet systems in a project budgeted at more than $10 million.  The Omnicell systems form a cornerstone of the project which includes an entirely new logistics process for managing medical and surgical supplies.

Representing Europe’s largest deployment of automated supply equipment, the Foundation Trusts of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and King’s College Hospital have announced they will be using Omnicell supply systems to improve data capture, reduce consumption and inventory, and increase overall efficiency for materials management departments, nursing units, and specialty areas. The hospitals plan for the first of the systems to go live in selected departments on November 24, 2008, with subsequent installations in 2009.  Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals are also planning to use the systems for medication in the middle of next year.

“This project is a ground-breaking development in the NHS and has the potential to revolutionize the work patterns of clinical staff and produce a model of best practice in managing hospital supply chains,” said David Lawson, head of Procurement at Guy’s and St Thomas. “The project has been welcomed by staff that can see the benefits it has on their working days. Managers are also delighted as it provides them with an unprecedented level of cost control.”

Avantec Ltd, Omnicell's sole UK distributor and close partner, has oversight and responsibility for project management, installation and maintenance for the systems, with support from Omnicell's European and U.S. teams.

“This is an important project that demonstrates the benefits of integrating the management of supplies and medications in NHS hospital supply chains,” said Maurice Gale, Sales Director, Avantec. “In addition to reducing inventory for greater efficiency, unique OmniSupplier features such as ‘guiding lights’ on the system’s drawers reduce the possibility of errors and make it easier for clinicians to handle medication packaging.” 

The unique architecture of OmniSupplier enables each department to manage its supplies and medications independently while tracking transaction data, inventory levels, expenses, and patient treatment costs through a single database. With streamlined workflow and inventory management, hospital staff has more time to spend on patient care. 

“Omnicell is pleased to be selected by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital trust and King's College trust- two of London’s leading hospital trusts and models of best practice in the NHS,” said Randall A. Lipps, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Omnicell.  “The installation of Omnicell supply systems will provide them with a significant return on their investment, increase efficiency for hospital staff, and give them control over the hospital supply management process.”

About Omnicell

Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ: OMCL) is a leading provider of systems targeting patient safety and operational efficiency in healthcare facilities. Since 1992, Omnicell has worked to enhance patient safety and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.

Omnicell's medication-use product line includes solutions for the central pharmacy, nursing unit, operating room, and patient bedside. Solutions range from complete automation systems for the central pharmacy to nursing unit and bedside dispensing cabinet systems. From the point at which a medication arrives at the receiving dock to the time it is administered, Omnicell systems store it, package it, bar code it, order it, issue it, and provide information and controls on its use and reorder.

Our supply product lines provide a healthcare institution with fast, effective control of costs, capture of charges for payer reimbursement, and timely reorder of supplies. Products range from high-security closed-cabinet systems and software to open-shelf and combination solutions in the nursing unit, cath lab and operating room.